Funny that I don't have a picture of the district where I "lived" for more than a week. But anyway, Le Marais district is worth a visit.
The district itself has great shops and restaurants, surrounded by superb façades. The neighbourhood itself is a paradise for pedestrians (like myself): you can quietly wander around, enjoy a cup of tea, get a bite of a falafel or devour a brunch. Everything is open on Sundays, so be sure to join parisians on the last day of the week. The area is surrounded by mansions the nobility had in early times, that give you the "old-but-rich" feeling...
Le Marais has become the centre of gay culture in Paris over the last few years. So there are many men & decoration stores, plus a lot of places to eat, like restaurants and bakery shops.
The Marais (literally; the Marsh); the area of the 4e arrondissement directly north of Ile Saint Louis; was in fact a swamp until the 13th century; when it was converted to agricultural use. In the early 1600s; Henry IV built Place des Vosges; turning the area into the Paris's most fashionable residential district and attracting wealthy aristocrats; who erected luxurious but discreet hotels particuliers (private mansions). When the aristocracy moved to Versailles and Faubourg Saint Germain during the late 17th and 18th centuries; the Marais and its mansions passed into the hands of ordinary Parisians. Today; the Marais is one of the few neighborhoods of Paris that still has almost all of its pre-Revolutionary architecture. In recent years the area has become trendy; but it's still home to a long-established Jewish community and is a major center of Paris's gay life.
Some of France's best designers have set up shop in the Marais, and you can find unique clothing, jewelry, and objets d'art that are worth the investment.
Still in Le Marais area...Walking & chatting; Feel good about the walk for me !
Alain & Adele were explaining to me about the area...I didn't see any men playing fiddles though.
My photo is showing an alley between 2 buildings. Maybe at night, there would be an activity here ?
The MARAIS is my favourite area in Paris.
The word MARAIS means SWAMP and this place was a swamp, long ago.
But in the 17th Century stately homes were built here and it was an exquisite place.....
The REVOLUTION however changed everything and the Marais was again a sort of SWAMP (fig. speaking) till the 60s of the last Century!
It now is again a so atmospheric place, that I shall always go there, almost every day I spent in Paris........
There are many jews who live there, have their shops, schools, synagoges there and the area is bubbling with life....
NOTE: on Fridays the sabath starts and that day most of the shops run by jewish people will be closed then!
MARIAGE FRèRE is a salon de thé....but much, much more than that!
They have: un COMPTOIR de THé, une CUISINE au THè, un SALON de THé and unMUSéE du THé...
This means: they have s teashop....they use tea to cook / bake in their kitchens, there is a lovely, cosy, atmospheric salon to have tea with DELICIOUS cakes..... and upstairs is a fine museum.......
A PLACE NOT TO BE MISSED.....
Le Marais, which straddles the 3rd and 4th arrondissment, IS Paris in all its charm, beauty and glory. Narrow cobblestone streets, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, the center of Paris gay life (Rue Vieille du Temple/St-Croix de la Bretonnerie), Jewish life (Rue de Rosiers), museums (Beaubourg, Carnavalet), beautiful squares and parks (Place des Vosges, Marche Ste-Catherine) and a photo opportunity on every corner.
It's not only one of the oldest quarters of Paris, but also could be called the most romantic quarter of Paris.
This is the area east of La Louvre on the right bank. It is known as a well-to-do area and it certainly is very nice. Here you can find the magnificent Hotel de Ville, modern Centre Pompidou, crazy Musee Picasso, quaint Hotel de Sully and historical Maison Victor Hugo. All of these are worth seeing if possible a take a look inside. However, the whole area is very nice so stroll around and see the normal buildings too.
We enjoyed the Musee Picasso very much, I'm sure it forms a great contrast to some of the more traditional art around Paris! If the weather is fine, head for the Place des Vosges (pictured) which is a nice little square built by Henry IV, surrounded by beautiful early 17th century town houses on all four sides. Many people gather here to relax or as a starting point to explore Marais. The courtyard of the Hotel De Sully is just off the southwest corner of the Place.
Spend some time in the Marais district.
It's the latest 'in' place. In addition to such standbys as the Place des Vosges, you never quite know what you're going to see - this procession of firemen was totally unexpected.
This beautiful street is surrounded by mansions dating from 17 C having a remarkable architectural style.
Some of them are: Canillac (no. 4), Vigny (no. 10) and Croisilles (no. 12).
Memorial du Martyr Juif Inconnu is a monument dedicated to the Jewish victims of National Socialism.
An eternal flame is burning in their memory.
Walking towards George Pompidou Centre now...saw this cute little statue. I think it's in a little square near the George Pompidou Centre.
So, we arrived in Le Marais area...
It was pretty quiet when we there, almost no activities.
Just some buildings bearing the sight of this area in Paris.
Comprised of roughly the 3rd and 4th arrondissements (Right Bank) it is a quartier which has retained many small streets and hints at how Old Paris looked.
On a Sunday morning, a kosher bakery in the heart of the Petzl, a Jewish neighborhood in Le Marais (an area comprised of the third and fourth districts of Paris), displays its wares.
LE MAREIS. Palaces from the 18th Century, dark alleys,luxury shops and gay bars all in this quartier.